I’m so sorry for the unexpected quiet! I didn’t realize I wasn’t going to have internet access for the few days I was in Miami, but I’m back now! I flew down to our nation’s almost southernmost point to meet the people of We Love Colors in person and had a great time.
Here are some of my experiences/observations from my three days in Miami:
+ Miami is exactly what you’d expect. Every stereotype you’ve heard and seen is spot on (which is the first time I’ve had this happen).
+ Within five minutes of being in the car out of the airport, I saw an elderly white couple with white hair, visors, fanny packs, and bright new sneakers power walking along the sidewalk. On the other side of the sidewalk was a tan shirtless man who looked like he stepped out of an Abercrombie catalog and showered in Crisco before he and his eight pack went out for a jog in slow motion.
+ There are more Spanish speakers than English, or at least bilingual and there’s no way to tell who speaks what. Tiny pale-skinned blonde girls only spoke in Spanish to me and it was awesome.
+ Everyone is hot, for real. The only time I saw overweight or non-traditional hot people was when I stopped in a McDonalds in South Beach to pee.
+ These hot people also dress like they work at Hollister 24/7. I have never seen so many white denim shorts in my entire life.
+ If you’re not hot you are kind of invisible. I had a surprising amount of people walk into me as if I don’t exist, cut in front of me in lines, etc.
+ Birds just walk right up to you, more than I’ve ever experienced in any other city. As soon as I walked out of the airport a pigeon basically crawled on my foot.
+ There are some amazing wholesale warehouses there I could have spent an entire week exploring. It’s packed to the brim with discontinued and expired products from as far back as the 80’s. I found obscure early 90’s Power Rangers temporary tattoos, ten sheets for a dollar. So good.
+ Most houses, condos, and buildings are beautiful shades of coral or turquoise.
+ There is like, one breed of trees down there that aren’t palm trees. Palm trees are more prevalent in Miami than rats are in Baltimore.
+ The weather changes more haphazardly than any other place I’ve been. It goes from downpours to sunshine (and rainbows) three separate times in an hour.
+ There’s lots of lizards and newts and similar reptilian creatures everywhere. They’re fast and they will sneak into your house.
+ A neighborhood called Wynwood has some of the best street art I’ve ever seen in my life, if not the best, definitely the most in one vicinity.
+ Shit is expensive there.
Have you ever been to Miami? I’d love to hear what you experienced and whether it matches mine or not.
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Here are some things on my happiness list this week:
1. The walls of the We Love Colors offices
2. Hot dancers at Mangoes
3. Aminta’s color-coordinated stuffed animals
4. Neon signs that remind you where you are
5. The clouds behind palm trees
6. Drippy paints and twinkle lights
7. Hand dyeing my own tights
8. Sneakily watching strangers paint through a window
9. Rainbow ceilings
10. Creative murals
What’s on your happy list this week?